Monday, May 31, 2010

Summer-Like Fun

The weather has been very warm and humid, so we've been enjoying the great outdoors.
Katie loves to jump on the trampoline. She can get some serious height with all 28lbs of her.

The kids work on their "garden," though I haven't had the heart to tell them that this 8-mo-pregnant Mommy will not be sowing a garden this year (in fact, look at all those weeds. I can't even bend down to weed!)

Yummy ice pops help us cool off. Of course, my girlie-girl chose pink, and Michael picked a manly blue. :-)

Slow and Steady

Daddy has been really busy with work lately, but he has been making some slow but steady progress on the deck. The joists are nearly completed, then comes the deck boards. Thanks for your hard work, Jon!!

Sprinkler Adventures

I bought the kids a Slip n Slide at Walmart for $5, and I guess you get what you pay for. It blew up the first time I hooked it to the hose. So we brought out old faithful- the sprinkler!
It took Katie a few minutes to warm up to it, but then she decided to have a great time!

They had such a great time running around!

This is actually a deep belly-laugh of excitement!

Fun in the Sun!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Growing Boy

Have I mentioned that this boy likes to eat?
Tacos are one of his favorites.

Welcome to Our Family, Little One

No, not the new baby... we got a new Toshiba laptop, and I couldn't be happier with it! I'm still getting used to Windows 7, but I love the portability!
The best part is that I found it on sale ($150 off!)

If You Give A Kid A Card Board Box...

They're definitely going to make it a pirate ship!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sakura Japanese Steakhouse

We recently went to dinner at a Japanese Steakhouse in town called Sakura. They prepare your food Teppanyaki-style, where the chef cooks your food right in front of you.
Our chef had lots of personality and kept us smiling.

Katie's expression says it all. She was not excited about seeing the flames and smoke in front of her. She was very leery, and was clinging to me most of the time. She did, however, love the sauce that they served, and you can see in the picture that she was eating the sauce with her fork (and, like her mom, spilled some on her shirt). One funny thing- after the chef was done preparing our food, and the kids calmed down, he tested our skills by seeing if we could catch little pieces of chicken in our mouth (that he flung with a big metal spatula). Katie was SO game for that. She opened her mouth wide and caught herself a piece of chicken. I wish I had a video of it, as it was so cute. Michael would have nothing to do with it.

I caught a picture of the flames, but notice I have no picture of Michael. Well, he pretty much dashed under the table every time he saw smoke or flames. He was so scared of the fire. I guess I've over-emphasized fire safety at home, and he's quite cautious of it. :-)

Secret Lair

On one of our recent rainy days, I put a blanket over Katie's bed and let the kids pretend it was a tent.
They spent hours here, and thought it was just the best place to play.

Sugar & Spice

Sweet Katie finishes up her yogurt and sandwich.

Michael wanted to take a picture with a silly face. He succeeded! :-)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Taking Care of The Kids

Katie thought that Minnie was thirsty for her milk, so she shared.

Little Cook

I'm a really messy cook, so I often wear an apron. I got this Food Network apron for free when I reviewed a pilot show they were going to air.
Katie was so excited to wear my apron.

She was jumping up and down with excitement. Who knew that the little things could be so exciting?!

The Boy Can Walk in Heels

And he's more graceful than his mom is in heels. :-)
He liked the loud noise they made on the wood floors.
Jon cringed when he saw this... :-)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tents and Forts and Other Rainy Day Activities

We've had some rainy days lately, so the blankets came out for some fort-building. After the forts were put up and subsequently torn down, they became great covers for hide and seek.
Who could it be?

2 silly kids!
(I had JUST put Katie's hair up in a ponytail, and within minutes, it was down. What am I going to do with that girl's super-fine hair?)

Deck Progress, Cont

Jon is building our deck in the little spare time that he has. He's making slow but sure progress, and was able to get the supports and some of the footers installed on Saturday. We are really looking forward to enjoying our deck in the warmer months!!
Jon mixes some concrete for the footers. We had 36 bags of concrete, 80lbs each! That's almost 1 1/2 tons of dry concrete mix!

Michael loves to watch Daddy work, and can't wait for the day he can help. He was transfixed on the process... until he discovered a squished bug that required intense study.

Katie isn't too interested in the progress. She's rather be playing or jumping or drinking her milk.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Alligator Clinic

The kids were in the playroom, and they decided to hold an "alligator clinic."
Dr Blakemore checks in on the little guy.

Apparently, the stethoscope needs a check-up.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Scrubbing Bubbles® Automatic Shower Cleaner


I recently tested Scrubbing Bubbles® Automatic Shower Cleaner in our shower for 2 weeks. I took it down yesterday and decided that my husband does a MUCH better job cleaning the shower than this product does. I might be a little more inclined to give it a higher rating if I had to clean the shower myself...
PROS:
1. It cleans your shower for you. I'm ALL ABOUT tools to help make life easier and to allow me to spend more time doing stuff I find to be more important. That's why I love my Roomba. I like that this cleans frequently and requires no work.
2. Solution smells nice. I have a hard time with smells when I'm pregnant, and this has a light, pleasant smell to it.
3. Cleaned soap scum well. We have a clear shower curtain, which shows soap scum really badly. Within a couple days, the curtain looked a lot more clear.

CONS:
1. Price- I saw the entire starter kit at Wal-mart for about $14, but the refill solutions (which last about 2 weeks) were about $4.00 each. That's $100/year for shower cleaning solution, which seems kinda pricey to me.
2. Requires 4 AA batteries (not included). Perhaps it's because we use rechargeable batteries, but this just sucked battery power like crazy. I had to change the batteries every 4-5 days. Not sure if they were getting wet or what, but it was annoying since you have to allow everything to completely dry before replacing the batteries (and by then, I had forgotten about it).
3. The shower walls and floor didn't get too clean. Maybe it's because my husband has been working on a new building project (meaning he showers twice a day and comes home very dirty), but it seems like the shower was never as clean as when Jon would take a scotch-brite pad to it every couple days. (Jon and I both cleaned communal bathrooms in college to help pay our tuitions, so when we got married, I commented how much I hated cleaning the shower, and he has been cleaning it ever since. I'm spoiled, I know!)

In conclusion, if you don't mind spending the extra money, and if you're not coming home from work with lots of mud and dirt on you, this might be a great product to make cleaning a lot easier. If you're interested in trying it, I have quite a few $3.00 off coupons for the starter pack, which includes the cleaning machine and 1 bottle of solution. Let me know.

Disclaimer- I post reviews as part of the BzzAgent program. All opinions are completely my own, and I am not compensated in any way, except that I was given the product to try for free.

Settling Down Before Bedtime

Jon has been working late nights and early mornings lately, and it's a special treat when he comes home before the kids are in bed. When this happens, the inevitable session of wrestling or game of "chase" ensues.
Daddy likes to hide and then scare Michael when Michael comes around the corner unsuspectingly.

I'm not sure who has more fun- Daddy or the kids.

Katie still just sorta follows them around and pretends like she's part of the game, but the real entertainment is when Daddy and Michael get slap-happy-tired.

Cuties

This picture reminds me of Michael's cousin Nathan.
Isn't he silly!?

Precious Katie loves her Minnie Mouse. Minnie, along with her fuzzy bear and puppy, make up Katie's collection of "kids."

Yeeeee HAW!

The kids were playing "Cowboys" this morning, and Michael suggested they head to the Farmer's Market (because cowboys need veggies, too!)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Daddy's Deck Helpers

Jon's been building our new deck in his spare time (whatever that is, right!?), and he always has 2 cuties willing to help him in any way.

Michael's favorite part is the closed utility trailer. He wanted to use it for Hide & Seek (though I think in asking that, he ruined the element of surprise!)

Breakfast and PBS Kids

The kids are VERY different morning risers. Kate jumps right up with a smile and a "Mommy, I'm SO happy to see you!", while Michael usually rolls over and buries his head under his pillow with a grunt.
Michael likes to wake up slowly. He likes to get up and take it easy for a while. He enjoys a little PBS kids while adjusting to the morning. He usually eats breakfast mid-morning, after being up for a n hour or two.

Katie, right after expressing how happy she is to be up and awake, always says "I'm hungry. I want some breakfast." Literally, it's minutes after she's up. Sometimes seconds. She eats first thing, then wants to get right to playing. Forget PBS kids. It's fun to see how fun and different the kids are. Thankfully, they both rise around 8:30-9am, so neither are real early birds.

Bugs and Nudity

I'm sure you're sick of seeing my kids mostly naked, but they are on this Tarzan kick, and I'm sure it will pass. Plus, less laundry to wash, right?
Michael found a lightning bug that he captured (on his left arm) and decided was his pet. He played with it, and picked leaves for it to eat, and eventually squished it accidentally while trying to play with it. It was fun while it lasted.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Brownie Monster

Jon sat down with a fresh pan of brownies before bed, and this is what I found when he was done for the night:
Yes, a 1" perimeter around the brownies. Don't think he was avoiding the middle, though, because he came back the next day and finished the pan.

Tarzan

Michael and Kate were playing dress-up, and Michael decided that they both should be Tarzan. Of course, that meant they should both strip down to their underwear...

Monday, May 03, 2010

Deck Progress

The excavators came out today to dig the footers for our deck.
Michael thought it was SO very cool. This was during his rest time, but I couldn't resist letting him watch the coolness of heavy machinery in our yard.

When we came in after a while (our soil is rock-hard and took them a while), Michael couldn't contain his excitement and was so loud that he woke his sister up. At least Kate got to enjoy a little of the action, too.

There we have it- 10 16x16 holes, all 24in deep just a-waiting for construction to begin! Yay!!

Egg Sitters

The kids were playing with Easter eggs today, and Michael suggested that they sit on the eggs so they could hatch. You can see Katie's egg still in the warming stage and Michael's egg beginning to hatch. Michael said he would be the Daddy goose. :-)

This Isn't As Bad As It Looks

Before any of you call Social Services on me, know that the kids are having FUN! They have decided lately that wrestling is the sport of choice, and Katie is usually a good sport.
I have instituted a couple of game rules, though, since Michael is so much bigger than Katie. Katie is supposed to signal with a "No, thank you" if Michael gets too rough. Michael is supposed to stop immediately if he hears a cry, scream, wail, or "no, thank you." After a couple practice rounds, they began to have fun and so far, no injuries to report.

They both really have a ton of fun wrestling!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Happy May!

These kids are so fun!!